Bruce Damer, PhD, is coauthor with David Deamer, of a new theory on the origins of life that was featured in a Scientific American cover story in 2017. His professional interests also include space exploration, virtual reality, and entheogens. He is author of Avatars: Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet. His website is http://www.damer.com/.
Here he describes his interest in exploring the solar system. It began for him as a child in the 1960s, just as the United States was launching the Apollo moon program. He shares the sequence of events that led to his designs for vehicles that can capture and harvest asteroids and comets. However, a more immediate priority now exists with regard to planning for coming climate changes. He describes his intention to work more closely in the area of climate mitigation.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in "parapsychology" ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).